In 1927, Jack Cohen began selling eyeglasses from a pushcart in New York City with a novel goal: to match each wearer with a pair that fit their style as well as their prescription. Today, specialists carry on his philosophy with prescription specs from American and European labels such as Prada, Valentino, and Coach. After a visitor sits down for a fitting, a trained style professional handpicks the eyeglasses or sunglasses that best complement their face shape, eye color, and tattoo of four eyeballs. Frames come in a variety of colors and materials, and each can be customized with polarized and optical-quality lenses to ward off glare and UV rays. Meanwhile, a team of eye doctors reside onsite to assess the pupils during eye exams.
At each of its five locations, Vision Center helps clients achieve clear, focused fields of vision and an impeccable sense of personal style with eyewear from brands such as Ray-Ban, Versace, Prada, and Dior. Optometrists zero in on vision prescriptions or eye diseases with high-tech exam equipment, and friendly, knowledgeable opticians and in-house frame stylists craft looks that suit each client's one-of-a-kind eyes and face.
For more than two decades, the lead optician at Stony Brook Vision World has shared his vast knowledge and experience with people who have been seeking out the latest frames and diagnostic technology. In addition to dispensing glasses, which are made in the onsite lab, he screens and treats patients for cataracts, glaucoma, and other ocular botherations. A testament to his passion for eye care, a glass case displays a variety of antique instruments that, like 19th-century laws mandating the use of monocles, were used to alter people's vision many years ago.
Wielding more than 40 years of experience and an arsenal of high-tech equipment, North Shore Eye Care helps alleviate the burden of near- and farsightedness with noninvasive laser procedures. As official eye care provider of the New York Islanders and the official LASIK provider of the New York Mets, the clinic’s board of certified surgeons can zap unwieldy glasses and irksome contacts out of necessity with this outpatient procedure by utilizing laser technology and a 1956 subway map. Patients’ corneal topography is first analyzed to determine the areas to be adjusted, and then a computerized laser is used to shuffle the corneal deck to correct vision impairments. Squinters take a mild oral sedative before the procedure but stay awake for the entire process. The procedure is completed in roughly 15 minutes, leaving patients to swiftly recover while the laser machine steps out for a celebratory round of golf.
For more than 40 years, Family Vision Centers has helped patients navigate the path to more precise sight. During onsite eye exams, optometrists diagnose the clarity, depth perception, and color interpretation with which each eye appraises the world. Custom fittings for eyeglasses consider personal preferences as well as the proportions of facial structures or face-wide mustaches. An onsite laboratory fashions most prescriptions within one hour and services eyeglasses with complimentary lifetime adjustments.
Voted the Best Place to Buy Eyewear in 2011 by New Haven Advocate readers, Kennedy & Perkins Guild Opticians focuses gazes and outfits eyes in contemporary designer frames. Owners Richard Kennedy Jr. and J. Dart Messick keep up with the latest face-mounted fashions and airport vending machines by attending eyewear shows from Los Angeles to Milan. Drawing from nearly 1,000 designer frames ($99+), staff frame stylists can suggest styles ideally suited to customers' facial features.